Australia announced this week that it would kill 2 million feral cats by 2020 in an effort to save native wildlife. "We don't hate cats," Gregory Andrews, threatened species commissioner for the Department of the Environment, told Australia's News24. "We just can't tolerate the damage that they're doing to our wildlife."
The news has cat lovers up in arms - but, sadly, the reason behind the announcement is also upsetting to many animal advocates.
Australia's isolated ecosystem has a delicate balance. But the 20-30 million feral cats roaming the country, who were introduced to the continent over the past several centuries, have wreaked havoc on native species.